This past Sunday evening I returned from attending both the Czech meeting and the following weekend the ECRA meeting in Walenstadt Switzerland.
The Czech meeting is small, and most speak little or no English. Regardless, I find the cartridge collecting great. This is my 6th year (I think). Everyone knows I collect 9x19mm and many of the collectors keep their eye out for new and interesting cartridges. I always come back with new headstamps and this meeting was no different. I bring the new 9mm from the US and other things that may be of interest. Probably 90% of what I pick up is trade, just like the old-old days in the US and ECRA.
After the Czech show Kathleen and I drove back to Prague for the day and left the next afternoon for Zurich Switzerland. We drove down to the lovely town of Walenstadt situated on the end of a very long deep and clear lake with towering mountains on both sides (which had fresh snow on top). We spent a few days there relaxing (Kathleen) and getting ready for the ECRA show (me). Another truly outstanding ECRA meeting. SIG had recently gotten rid of some of the old boxes of ammo they had acquired for testing guns and there were sealed boxes of pre-WWII ammo available in quite a few calibers. I did find some in 9mmP, three pictured below. I also picked up a very important cartridge for my collection which I will discuss in another thread and quite a few other loads for the collection. Well worth the trip.
Note the Danish box at the top of the photo. I understood that the black base loads (which this box was full of) were proof loads. Perhaps one of our Danish members can translate this label.
The box at the bottom was greatly appreicated. It is by Sevilla and produced in 1939 (hst PS 39). I suspect it is the first production of 9x19mm ammo in Spain.
The Geco box is interesting because it shows the Germans in 1960 were using Norwegian powder.